Communities and Collections

Posts

Post has attachment

Add a comment...

Post has attachment

Post has attachment

Post has attachment

Larger countries tend to win more medals. But who leads the world in medals per capita? Now a Google+ Page...

Add a comment...

Post has attachment

With another medal today, New Zealand shoots to Number 3 in Olympic medals per capita!

Add a comment...

Post has attachment

As you scan the Olympic medal tally, one thing stands out: larger countries tend to win more medals. An obvious exception, especially in 2008, is Australia, who won the fifth largest number of medals with a population of 23 million, 52nd largest of Olympic countries.

The obvious next question is: who leads the world in medals per capita? This site, which is updated daily during the Olympics, provides the answer.

In addition, it calculates the leaders in gold medals per capita, as well as a weighted medal count where gold is worth three points, silver two and bronze one. Finally, it's a little unfair to ignore the relative wealth of countries, so the site counts medals relative to GDP (provided by the World Bank.) I've also gathered population statistics and medal counts for every modern Olympics, starting in 1896 (which turned out to be hugely time-consuming!), so you can see how these statistics change over time.

My bias? I'm originally from New Zealand, which has consistently been in the top half-dozen or so countries for total medals and gold medals per capita, and in 1984 won the most golds per capita.

The obvious next question is: who leads the world in medals per capita? This site, which is updated daily during the Olympics, provides the answer.

In addition, it calculates the leaders in gold medals per capita, as well as a weighted medal count where gold is worth three points, silver two and bronze one. Finally, it's a little unfair to ignore the relative wealth of countries, so the site counts medals relative to GDP (provided by the World Bank.) I've also gathered population statistics and medal counts for every modern Olympics, starting in 1896 (which turned out to be hugely time-consuming!), so you can see how these statistics change over time.

My bias? I'm originally from New Zealand, which has consistently been in the top half-dozen or so countries for total medals and gold medals per capita, and in 1984 won the most golds per capita.

Add a comment...

Post has attachment

Over-obsessive solution to a New York Times puzzle...

Add a comment...

Post has attachment

Add a comment...

Post has attachment

Enjoying looking at the edit history of the Wikipedia pages describing the theory behind the #Higgs Boson (http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/05/science/cern-physicists-may-have-discovered-higgs-boson-particle.html). It still catches me by surprise when the standard reference material (i.e. Wikipedia) updates in almost real time after a discovery. (and I did my bit by fixing some punctuation in the page on the Higgs field ;-)

Add a comment...

Post has attachment

No progress at the top of the columns at 1 WTC this week, but this is a clearer photo at least. Assuming that the height of the balustrade at the top of the construction elevator below is about at code – 42", the columns are a few feet apart.

Add a comment...

Wait while more posts are being loaded